It's hard for me to find a reason to celebrate this country's birthday, in view of this country's life right now.
It's like throwing a party for a relative who is an abusive bully; a person who throws money around to impress but never kicks in for a good cause.
Anyhow, I've lived here all my life and I feel, these days, less and less like a citizen and more and more like a victim.
But, in the essence of optimism, I will attempt to find reasons to be thankful the United States of America is still a viable nation:
1. No politician has tweeted me a picture of his genitals.
2. There hasn't been a sex scandal in the White House involving President Obama.
3. I can now carry a concealed weapon to protect myself from everyone else carrying a concealed weapon.
4. I can still write disparaging remarks about Wisconsin politicians and not be thrown in jail.
5. I'm still a viable candidate for jury duty.
6. The grocery stores are brimming with mostly untainted foodstuffs. (As far as I know)
7. I can enjoy traveling anywhere, provided I can afford to pay for the gas.
8. I have at least as much of a chance of winning the lottery as any other citizen.
9. I can sing "This Land is Your Land" instead of the National Anthem at baseball games, which I do.
10. I still live under the threat of nuclear annihilation at any moment, which just extends my childhood a little bit when we used to cover our heads and hide in the hallways during air raid drills.